By Vic Rosenthal
Israel is backing off on the plan to create (or expand) a settlement in the Jordan valley. Although a good argument can be made that Israel has the right to do this, the whole affair displays the incompetence of the government.
What did they think would be the reaction of the US and Europe? Of course it will be, “you can’t do this”. And what has the government’s reaction consistently been to US pressure: “yes, boss”.
So, since bowing to such pressure is another erosion of sovereignity, Israel should either not expand the settlement or not give in once the expansion has been announced.
A novice chessplayer soon learns to look ahead several moves. Olmert’s government can’t seem to look ahead by one.